We wanted a Christmas break and saw the Baltic cruise advertised, which seemed o fit the bill perfectly having only done warm Christmas breaks before. The embarkation was slow but I would say average for a ship of this size, although the baggage handling was excellent. When boarding the ship the Christmas atmosphere was distinctively missing, the decorations were below par, The cabins were nice although smelt of greasy hair. The ship did give out small poinsettia's and a Christmas present. The entertainment was also below par the best part was the Christmas pantomime which was hilarious. The feature acts were opera, a harpist, a singing quartet, Tom O'Conner and the ships dancers who were good. The ships band were quite good but they started their show and then stopped for an hour or so for horse racing to take place, there was no continual entertainment it was all bitty and people lost interest. The golf nets were good to spend 20 mins in as the temperature was too cold to spend any longer up on deck. We had bad weather Gale force11 and the sea's were horrendous 45-50 foot waves on 24 Dec but the ship coped well. The Captain ('Capertain Cook') was brilliant and announced that as the weather was so bad we would be running for a safe harbour off the Norfolk coast. This did pay dividends as the sea was calm and Christmas dinner was enjoyable. we did however lose the day in Amsterdam but gained an alternative stop in Le Harve. The bad things. The Buffet was not good and the restaurant could not cope with the amount of people as the main restaurant closed at 9.30 am. The main restaurant food was good but there was a limited choice at breakfast and the specialities (egg Benedict etc.) were only available 1 day a week, other cruise lines we have been on would even produce this for you in the buffet. As stated there was no real feeling of Christmas, there was a sickness bug (I heard it was the Norovirus) on the ship which at the first point was handled well, I did complain 3 time about the waiters wiping the chairs in the Buffet with the same cloth they then wiped the tables down with also on the last morning the steps they had put in place during the outbreak where completely relaxed, My partner had the sickness and diarrhoea within 24 hours of leaving the Ship. I would not recommend tis trip unless you are over 65 and like to spend your time knitting and reading.

Disappointing Chrismas Get Away

Arcadia Cruise Review by onetwo3

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
We wanted a Christmas break and saw the Baltic cruise advertised, which seemed o fit the bill perfectly having only done warm Christmas breaks before.

The embarkation was slow but I would say average for a ship of this size, although the baggage handling was excellent. When boarding the ship the Christmas atmosphere was distinctively missing, the decorations were below par, The cabins were nice although smelt of greasy hair. The ship did give out small poinsettia's and a Christmas present.

The entertainment was also below par the best part was the Christmas pantomime which was hilarious. The feature acts were opera, a harpist, a singing quartet, Tom O'Conner and the ships dancers who were good. The ships band were quite good but they started their show and then stopped for an hour or so for horse racing to take place, there was no continual entertainment it was all bitty and people lost interest. The golf nets were good to spend 20 mins in as the temperature was too cold to spend any longer up on deck.

We had bad weather Gale force11 and the sea's were horrendous 45-50 foot waves on 24 Dec but the ship coped well. The Captain ('Capertain Cook') was brilliant and announced that as the weather was so bad we would be running for a safe harbour off the Norfolk coast. This did pay dividends as the sea was calm and Christmas dinner was enjoyable. we did however lose the day in Amsterdam but gained an alternative stop in Le Harve.

The bad things.

The Buffet was not good and the restaurant could not cope with the amount of people as the main restaurant closed at 9.30 am. The main restaurant food was good but there was a limited choice at breakfast and the specialities (egg Benedict etc.) were only available 1 day a week, other cruise lines we have been on would even produce this for you in the buffet.

As stated there was no real feeling of Christmas, there was a sickness bug (I heard it was the Norovirus) on the ship which at the first point was handled well, I did complain 3 time about the waiters wiping the chairs in the Buffet with the same cloth they then wiped the tables down with also on the last morning the steps they had put in place during the outbreak where completely relaxed, My partner had the sickness and diarrhoea within 24 hours of leaving the Ship.

I would not recommend tis trip unless you are over 65 and like to spend your time knitting and reading.
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Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Cabin DA A107
Reasonable size, did smell of greasy hair and the air con wasn't controlable. Could do with a nightvent on the window.
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